Caraval by Stephanie Garber
“Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or a performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in this world.”
Scarlett and Tella are two sisters trapped under the iron fist of their powerful, abusive father on the small island of Trisda, with Scarlett’s seemingly only escape from the cruelty being through an arranged marriage. However, this all changes when the two sisters receive invitations to partake in Caraval, the annual week-long performance in which the audience participates in the show. With the help of Julien, a young sailor, Scarlett and Tella are secretly taken to the show.